It wants Britain to pledge compensation for any tax barriers resulting from its decision to leave the European Union.
Comments from CEO Carlos Ghosn indicated there are growing concern among global carmakers that Britain could be heading towards a so-called ‘hard Brexit’, which would leave them paying tariffs to export UK-assembled cars to EU markets.
Nissan, which builds around a third of Britain’s total car output at its plant in Sunderland and is due to decide early next year on where to build its next Qashqai sport utility vehicle.
“If I need to make an investment in the next few months and I can’t wait until the end of Brexit, then I have to make a deal with the UK government,” Ghosn told reporters at the Paris auto show.
“You can have commitments of compensation in case you have something negative,” he said. “If there are tax barriers being established on cars, you have to have a commitment for carmakers who export to Europe that there is some kind of compensation.”
Ghosn’s ultimatum echoes concerns from fellow Japanese carmaker Toyota which said the imposition of duties as part of a Brexit deal would make running its English plant “very, very tough.”